Crystal adds more short cruises in 2013

By Johanna Jainchill
Citing the popularity of its shortened Mediterranean cruises this past fall, Crystal Cruises added another series of short cruises to its 2013 schedule.

Crystal split some of the Crystal Symphony's 12- to 18-day cruises it had originally scheduled during the first half of 2013 into ten, five- to 11-day sailings. Called “Crystal Getaways,” the cruises run through May.

Crystal shortened a series of its cruises in the Mediterranean this past fall, and said they appealed to first-time Crystal passengers that might be "trying out" the line, and for professionals that can't take as much time off work.

“The new Crystal cruisers were travelers with busy schedules who couldn’t take longer vacations, travelers who moved up to luxury to celebrate a meaningful occasion or travelers who wanted to combine Getaways with their own land programs,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

A Crystal spokesperson added that the cruises are extremely popular with guests from the U.S. and abroad, and that the sailings brought in "much younger guests", most that have rebooked.

The 2013 Getaways on the 1,080-passenger Symphony include options in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Alaska and New England.

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